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Black Forest Fire 100 Percent Contained; How You Can Help

Update: 6/21/2:10 p.m.

The Black Forest fire has been declared 100 percent contained. There were 511 homes lost, 14,280 acres burned, and two deaths. The area has now moved into recovery and rebuilding.

How to help:

  • For a list of places to donate and volunteer to assistance for evacuees and firefighters of the Black Forest fire, visit http://www.helpcoloradonow.org/
  • Despite an outpouring of donations, including more than 418,500 pounds of food, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado still needs food. To make a monetary donation, go to http://careandshare.org/and specify "wildfire response" in the "Please apply my donation to" box, or text "donate" to 41010 to make a $10 donation, which will be added to your phone bill.
  • The Salvation Army of Colorado Springs and El Paso County: http://www.imsalvationarmy.org/
  • The Pikes Peak American Red Cross is requesting financial donations at:
     http://www.redcross.org/ (click "donate); or text "redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation, which will be added to your phone bill.
  • The Pikes Peak Community Foundation's Emergency Relief Fund benefits nonprofits providing local disaster relief; visit http://www.ppcf.org/products/emergency-relief The fund is modeled off last year's Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund but will have more flexibility.
  • The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region's emergency support fund helps families and their animals during natural disasters; https://www.hsppr.org/disasterdonation
  • Mercy's Gate helps provide fire victims with emergency financial assistance, gas vouchers, food, gift cards and more; http://www.mercysgatecs.org/

For a recap of all the news stories on the CC website regarding the Black Forest fire, see the long version.

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Black Forest Area Now in Recovery, Rebuilding Mode
Update: 6/20/13 10:17 a.m.
Officials have declared the 14,280-acre Black Forest fire 95 percent contained. The fire destroyed 509 homes and partially damaged another 28 homes. Costs for fighting the fire, now ranked as the state’s most destructive blaze, have reached $8.46 million.

More Homeowners Allowed to Temporarily Return to Fire Area
Update: 6/19/13 9:45 a.m.

At a Wednesday morning press conference, El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa announced that new sections in the Black Forest fire area will be temporarily opened to homeowners, so that they can assess the damage to their homes. He also increased the number of homes destroyed to 509, up slightly from yesterday's figure of 502. 

Fire Declared 85 Percent Contained; Many Want to Help
Update: 6/18/13 12:41 p.m.
The Black Forest fire was declared 85 percent contained at a Tuesday news conference, and the evacuation area continues to shrink. The number of homes destroyed has risen to 502; not because of additional outbreaks of fire, but because firefighters have been able to get into affected areas and the office of the assessor has had more time and resources to determine property lines. The assessment of homes burned is not complete, and officials expect the number to increase slightly today.

County Commissioner Darryl Glenn says there have been an unbelievable number of people who want to volunteer. For more information on helping, go to helpcoloradonow.org. Colorado College’s Collaborative for Community Engagement is collecting donations for the Black Forest fire evacuees and responders, which will be delivered to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. A list of needed items is available on the Collaborative for Community Engagement’s website. In the event that donations are not needed by Care and Share, items will be donated to the Colorado College Community Kitchen.

The college has offered short-term relief housing for faculty, staff, and students who may have been impacted by the fire; however, there have been no recent requests for housing assistance. Colorado College Human Resources also has assistance information listed on its website for employees impacted by the wildfire.

Those who may have experienced stress related to the wildfire are encouraged to visit https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/stress2013.dot

Fire 75 Percent Contained; Affected Acreage Downgraded
Update: 6/17/13 12:27 p.m.
The Black Forest fire was declared 75 percent contained at a Monday news conference, and the fire has downgraded in size from 15,500 to 14,198 acres, thanks to better mapping.  El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa also announced that more evacuations are expected to be lifted Monday night, and that the goal is to get additional evacuees home by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. Officials also are zeroing in on the point of origin of the fire, and Maketa is “pleased with the progress” they are making.

Colorado College’s Collaborative for Community Engagement is collecting donations for the Black Forest fire evacuees and responders, which will be delivered to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. A list of needed items is available on the Collaborative for Community Engagement’s website. In the event that donations are not needed by Care and Share, items will be donated to the Colorado College Community Kitchen.

The college is offering short-term relief housing for faculty, staff, and students who may have been impacted by the fire, although there have been no new requests for housing assistance. Those affected and seeking assistance are encouraged to call Campus Safety at 389-6707. Colorado College Human Resources also has assistance information listed on its website for employees impacted by the wildfire.

Those who may have experienced stress related to the wildfire are encouraged to visit https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/stress2013.dot

Fire Size Downgraded; CC Collecting Donations
Update: 6/17/13 9:55 a.m.

The Black Forest fire north of town has been downgraded in size from 15,500 to 14,198 acres, thanks to better mapping. An official news briefing is scheduled for noon today, and we will update after that with the latest official information.

Fire 65 Percent Contained; CC Collecting Donations for Evacuees, Responders
Update 6/16/13 1:55 p.m.

Fire officials believe they turned the corner on the Black Forest fire over the weekend, as rain and cooler weather helped in the firefighting efforts. Although more than 475 homes were destroyed, more than 3,000 were saved.

Colorado College’s Collaborative for Community Engagement is collecting donations for the Black Forest fire evacuees and responders, which will be delivered to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. A list of needed items is available on the Collaborative for Community Engagement’s website. In the event that donations are not needed by Care and Share, items will be donated to the Colorado College Community Kitchen.

As with the Waldo Canyon fire, several Colorado College alumni have asked how they can give back to the Colorado Springs community. A list of organizations accepting online donations also is available on the Collaborative for Community Engagement website.

Fire 45 Percent Contained; CC Collecting Donations for Evacuees, Responders
Update: 6/15/13 5:10 p.m.

More evacuations were lifted for Colorado Springs residents in the Black Forest fire area on Saturday, but the need for donations remains.

Colorado College’s Collaborative for Community Engagement is collecting donations for the Black Forest fire evacuees and responders, which will be delivered to the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. A list of needed items is available on the Collaborative for Community Engagement’s website. In the event that donations are not needed by Care and Share, items will be donated to the Colorado College Community Kitchen.

As with the Waldo Canyon fire, several Colorado College alumni have asked how they can give back to the Colorado Springs community. A list of organizations accepting online donations also is available on the Collaborative for Community Engagement website.

The college is offering short-term relief housing for faculty, staff, and students who may have been impacted by the fire. Those affected and seeking assistance are encouraged to call Campus Safety at 389-6707. Colorado College Human Resources also has assistance information listed on its website for employees impacted by the wildfire.

Those who may have experienced stress related to the wildfire are encouraged to visit https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/stress2013.dot

For the most current Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook, to go: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx

Colorado College Remains Safe From Black Forest Fire
Update: 6/13/13 11:20 a.m.
Colorado College continues to remain safe from the Black Forest fire, which is burning significantly to the north of town. The college is offering short-term relief housing for faculty, staff, and students who may have been impacted by the fire. Those affected and seeking assistance are encouraged to call Campus Safety at 389-6707. Additionally, numerous members of the campus community have asked how they can help those affected by the fire. The Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado is accepting donations and numerous locations around town are collecting food for the agency.

Air quality can quickly change with shifting winds. For the most current Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook, to go: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx
The college also encourages those members of the campus community who may be impacted by the fire to stay tuned to local news media. 

Fire Remains at a Distance From Colorado College
Update: 6/12/13 3:05 p.m.
Colorado College is offering short-term relief housing for faculty, staff, and students who have been impacted by the fire. Those affected and seeking assistance are encouraged to call Campus Safety at 389-6707. The campus community is being updated through emails and parents of students registered for summer courses at CC were sent an email last night notifying them of the fire and the fact that the campus was not affected.

The college continues to remain safe from the fire burning to the north of Colorado Springs, with college personnel actively monitoring the situation. Note that air quality can quickly change with shifting winds. For the most current Front Range Air Quality Forecast & Colorado Smoke Outlook, to go: http://www.colorado.gov/airquality/colo_advisory.aspx

A
fire burning in the Black Forest area, significantly north and east of Colorado College, does not currently pose a threat to the campus. College personnel continue to actively monitor the situation and will post developing information that affects the college.

Any members of the college community who are affected by the fire are encouraged to call Campus Safety at 389-6707 for assistance. The college also encourages those members of the campus community who may be impacted by the fire to stay tuned to local news media. 

Wildfire North of Colorado Springs Not Endangering Colorado College
Published on June 11, 2013

A wildfire is burning north of Colorado Springs, in Black Forest. Colorado College is not threatened in any way by this fire currently. Any members of the college community who are affected the fire are encouraged to call Campus Safety at 389-6707 so we can assist. College personnel are monitoring the situation and as details emerge that affect the college, we will let people know. We encourage people to stay tuned to local news media.